Minerals are elements that our bodies must have in order to create specific molecules needed in the body. Here are some of the more common minerals our bodies need:
- Calcium - used by teeth, bones
- Fluoride - strengthens teeth
- Iodine - combines with tryosine to create the hormone thyroxine
- Iron - transports oxygen in red blood cells
- Potassium - important ion in nerve cells
Food provides these minerals. If they are lacking in the diet, then various problems and diseases arise.